From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
May 7, 1997
Contact: Rick Svataro, (512) 463-0113

Statement of Senator Rodney Ellis Regarding Committee Substitute House Bill 4

"This legislation does very little to improve the lives of poor and middle income families in Texas. There is no guarantee that the property tax reductions will trickle down to renters or that poor families will actually receive significant savings after accounting for the regressive tax increases provided by the bill.

"I believe the state's billion dollar surplus would be better spent helping students afford college, providing health care to millions of uninsured children, expanding adult literacy services so that every adult can read or increasing affordable housing for Texas families.

"The bill uses a temporary surplus to fund a permanent reduction in state revenues that may lead to state deficits in the future. For a few dollars in temporary tax relief, Texas could have made vital long-term investments in our state's future."